Transitional housing program benefits from article

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The founder of a Nashville transitional housing program that helps ex-felons reintegrate into society says he's personally experiencing the spirit of giving this holiday season.

James Settles was interviewed by The Tennessean this week. His program, called Aphesis House, also assists men struggling with alcohol, drug addiction, homelessness or returning from war.

Besides a place to stay, the program offers the men job training, GED classes and counseling.

Settles says he's received numerous donations as a result of the newspaper article. He says one reader saw the piece and is donating $5,000 to the program. Settles says such contributions show that people see the importance of his program and others that are similar.

Aphesis House has four transitional homes in Nashville, and Settles says he's looking to expand in other parts of the state.

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